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Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Jimmy Rollins, the heart of the Phillies for the past several seasons, will continue to provide the pulse: He is returning to Philadelphia on a three-year, $33 million deal, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

The contract includes a vesting option for a fourth year that is described by one source as easily obtainable that likely will make the entire package worth $44 million.

The Rollins-Phillies deal has been a foregone conclusion in the industry for much of the winter, though the Brewers did inquire and show some interest in prying him away from Philadelphia early. However, once they signed Alex Gonzalez, and with St. Louis re-signing Rafael Furcal last week, there were few teams left looking for shortstops.

Which works well for both the Phillies and Rollins, because given perhaps the best run in Philadelphia baseball history over these past five seasons, the shortstop is back where he belongs.

Though the Phillies have seen some decline since Rollins' sensational 2007 NL MVP season, they also watched him produce a solid bounce-back season in 2011 after he played in only 88 games in 2010 during a season in which a nagging calf injury limited his production.

In 142 games last season, Rollins batted .268/.338/.399 with 16 homers, 63 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.

That's a far better fit for a Philadelphia team primed for another run at the World Series behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and the gang than, say, Freddy Galvis or Wilson Valdez would have been.

At 33 and still in terrific shape, Rollins should be able to play shortstop adequately through the duration of this contract. And despite Chase Utley's injury-checkered past couple of seasons, Rollins and Utley still give the Phillies a very solid -- and often potent -- middle infield.

With Rollins done, Philadelphia's biggest issue heading into 2012 will be at first base, and Ryan Howard's continuing recovery from the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on the final play in the Phillies' final game last October against the Cardinals.

Howard is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season, given his original diagnosis of a five- to six-month recovery process. The Phillies this winter have traded for Ty Wigginton and signed free agent Jim Thome, and each is expected to help patch the void at first until Howard returns.

It will be a new-look Phillies team in a couple of areas, with free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon and with Wigginton or John Mayberry in left in place of Raul Ibanez. But with Utley, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Carlos Ruiz, Placido Polanco and, now, Rollins in place, the Phillies mostly will look very similar -- and just as potent -- to what we've seen from Charlie Manuel's crew during the past several seasons.

Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

you're an idiot and have posted nothing but false crap. I checked all your post after you decided to negative one of my post without stating one. I can see you have the I.Q of a fucking hamster and would be better off, off these forums/blogs/threads and running around in a hamster wheel with a mouth full of nuts.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 5:31 am
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

And I guess the phillies are just playoff choke artist . 



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

This team is built to win yesterday .


Weren't the Giants another team that didn't make the playoffs?  I guess that 2010 team was a Cinderella team of waiver wire trash after all...haha.


Enjoy another year of watching one of the most pathetic offenses in baseball.      



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

This team is built to win yesterday . 



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

Braves fans can only comment on our first round departure.. Well at least there was a departure.. Half Hearted Braves fans can get ready for another season of seeing Philly ahead of you in the standings.. Wouldnt trade places with you Braves fans for anything.. Good Luck trying to hold off the Nationals for third.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:32 am
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

PS. Didn't the WS "lock", get knocked out of the FIRST ROUND LOL.  Better luck next year and keep those WS LOCK guaranteed predictions coming. HA HA HA...........Phillies complete JOKE

Ouch, that hurt!!!  but, I can top it.

"You root for the Braves"



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

what did phillips and rollins win
in case you didn't realize, Rollins has a World Series Champ ring, a NL Champ ring, and an MVP trophy (not in that order).  Just saying, you can't say Rollins isn't a winner or anything like that.

st. Louis won th world series with their current 2b and ss
they also won it with their former 1b, who was the best player on their team.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

Says the dipshit who bragged about how good the Braves minor league system was all of last season and how they were going to beat the Phillies for the NL East title.  How did all of those super prospects work out for ya?  If memory serves me correct, you were the nit-wit claiming that Jason Heyward was the next Willie Mays...ROFL.  You were also the idiot that claimed Uggla was the best 2nd baseman in the NL.  I guess hitting in the low .200's qualifies a player for being the best at his position in his respective league?  Dumbass.

Amazing, the kid disappears for 2 months for being a bitter nancy to come back and STILL make false claims.




PS--Didn't the Phillies SWEEP the Braves right out of the playoffs last year?  You might want to wait until the Braves knock the Phillies off before you start with the annual asinine comments  that continue coming from your mouth.  They just make it easier to identify you as the uneducated Redneck dope that we all know you truly are.

PS. Didn't the WS "lock", get knocked out of the FIRST ROUND LOL.  Better luck next year and keep those WS LOCK guaranteed predictions coming. HA HA HA...........Phillies complete JOKE

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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

Sure they can go to the playoffs a few more years, but they have no young core in the minor leagues like they had to keep it going.


Says the dipshit who bragged about how good the Braves minor league system was all of last season and how they were going to beat the Phillies for the NL East title.  How did all of those super prospects work out for ya?  If memory serves me correct, you were the nit-wit claiming that Jason Heyward was the next Willie Mays...ROFL.  You were also the idiot that claimed Uggla was the best 2nd baseman in the NL.  I guess hitting in the low .200's qualifies a player for being the best at his position in his respective league?  Dumbass.


PS--Didn't the Phillies SWEEP the Braves right out of the playoffs last year?  You might want to wait until the Braves knock the Phillies off before you start with the annual asinine comments  that continue coming from your mouth.  They just make it easier to identify you as the uneducated Redneck dope that we all know you truly are.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Rollins back to Phillies on three-year deal

The point is not if he is still good.  The point was that there were apparently very few teams interested in signing him.


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